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    It's Thursday! It's mid-afternoon in London! It's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky! Everyone in Australia is dead from spiders and snakes and poisonous accents, apparently. And it's time for more Crossed hideosity!

    Episode 75, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for the POLYFILLA.
    • CommentAuthorJyve
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2014
    Bit of a breather compared to the last few weeks, but... was still hardly daring to click to each page.

    I need a couple of weeks to recover, and having more backstory is always good. It's kinda weird, the re-taking of the island was barely noticed, even with another loss of... whoever she was.

    So even with 'a win' and the island back... these are going to be some more messed up people. Wonder when/if they'll look to exploring the ships and finding some as yet unknown horrors in the depths.
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    "And then there were twelve," to quote John the Jamaican chopper pilot from Day of the Dead.

    Well, now we know that Rev. White wasn't Catholic, so we can all rest easy in knowing he didn't do that to the kids when he was normal... I guess.

    Wonder if those kids are still with Aoileann and Moses, only Crossed...
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    Interesting how Shaky seemed incapable of mercy killing Jackson but put one into Edith, after having a chuckle, with no hesitation. I think the death of all the people he knew (rather than just Crossed or strangers) is starting to impact Shaky. It will be interesting to see who Shaky is after the rest of the Cava people are killed/turned.

    Because it feels like they're doomed. I wonder if we will get another volume or if this is it? I don't want the series to end but it feels like that is where the story is moving.

    On a side note, does anyone know (or if Si would like to comment) if the various authors have some sort of "Bible" or rulebook that explains certain things about the Crossed universe that is not shared with the general public. From what I understand TV series like Lost, BSG, etc usually operate with something like this because the employ a group of writers and I was wondering how much leeway folks not named Ennis have in exploring the Crossed virus/curse. Or do they just rely on what Ennis established and try not to step on each others toes?
    • CommentAuthorDilo
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2014
    Slowly slowly unwindy monkey! You're a fecking tease Si!!

    A little more backstory, the point where Shaky abandoned Aoileann (I still haven't seen for sure that she's Crossed - other than the cross the games keeper gave her) perhaps. Its all building up to something!!! Keeps me salivating for more every week.
    • CommentAuthorgragh46
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2014

    Ok, this might not be the best place and/or the most appropiate time to say this, but when is? So I wanted to thank you for your work in the Crossed universe and this story in particular, as it has contributed to change my life for the better. Which might sound pretty weird, so I'll try to explain it.

    Thing is, unlike a relatively large group of the Crossed fanbase (as far as I know), I don't read these stories for the blood, violence and plain psycho shit and mindfucks. In fact, it took me a while to even decide giving a chance to the rest of the story after the ending of the original Crossed's first chapter, thinking that if this was a plain post-apocalyptic story that only differentiated itself from all the others in that it was especially brutal, it could go kiss my ass. Luckily I didn't, and eventually I arrived to your stories. That is, the ones that actually focus more on making characters unique and telling a good story than the fact that the story itself takes place in a particularly shitty world.

    So on a random day last month, I found myself re-reading this story from the beginning for lack of something better to do with my way-too-much free time (just-graduated jobless, living at my parents' place in a small town in Spain and its 56% unemployment rate in people under 25). Then I arrived to the last chapter of volume 1 and I shit you not, I realized the exact same thing Shaky was writing was how I felt about my life right then and there. And I thought "Wait a second, feeling THAT shitty makes sense for someone living in this story's universe, but I'm not there, and I shouldn't empathize with that so much", and I realized it was time to get the hell out of there.

    Now I'm writing this from Madrid where I've started to work on something last Monday, and although I don't even have my own place to stay at yet (I'm occupying a friend's), shit appears to be going pretty well. And if you made it to this point, you also have my thanks for reading this entire rambling :)
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2014
    Well, lucky for me I got out of Australia on holiday before everyone apparently died (why do I never hear these things?) and am now enjoying the UK's mildly inclement weather ...
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    @Graph46 - mate, you just made my day. Thanks so much for getting in touch.
    • CommentAuthorinjunjoe
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2014 edited
    [Comment nuked. Injunjoe, here's warning 1 of 1. You say you were being backhandedly complimentary - that's fine. We're open to compliment and criticism alike. What we're not open to is Being A Bit Of A Cocknugget. It's right up there in the rules thread: Don't be a dick. -Si]
    • CommentAuthorBigSven
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2014 edited
    What can we learn from the interlude? Is that the Aussie's boat on fire?
    • CommentAuthorDilo
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2014
    ...or that Si can't finish off a limerick correctly :)

    There once was a writer named Si
    Whose leg was cut off at the thigh
    By the same horrible creatures
    That appeared in his features
    And now I expect him to sigh!?
    • CommentAuthormister45
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2014
    Nice interlude Si, made me chuckle, especially the last line.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2014
    Worth noting that after all the mayhem and destruction, we're only 5 episodes into this volume. Even if it is a shorter volume the previous ones, I'm guessing we'd still be looking at least 10 more to go. If it's average length or longer, we could be looking at 15 or more. I have to wonder what more could possibly happen on top of what we've already seen.
    • CommentAuthorinjunjoe
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2014
    I'm sincerely sorry Si. Too much bathtub tequila maybe? That's no excuse, though. I suppose my particular brand of vulgar humor does not translate well into print. Anyway, just wanted to tell you that I haven't had this much fun reading a comic since Preacher, and that you are killing it out there, boss. Keep up the good work.
    • CommentAuthorJyve
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
    Only 5 episodes in? My poor heartses can't stands it.

    Hated them in Lost, but in this, I'm desperate for flashbacks. Why did they nun split up (really these kids? we can guess what's going to happen there). How did the nun run stuff (or is it the priest in charge, I'm not sure now who's really in charge, maybe even a power sharing?), why these crossed are more in control than ever; the religion/their training/something else? The flotilla, what happened on the raid, and how did they all turn crossed. Let alone what happens next.
    Real page turner stuff, dread, but look forward to, every Thursday morning.
    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
    Yeah, I haven't posted in a while, simply because the story has gotten so fraught I approach each new episode with something approaching trepidation and I just haven't been able to bring myself to even try to write a comment. I have made the comparison before, but the emotional reaction I have to WYWH reminds me very much of how Breaking Bad made me feel from week to week in its last couple seasons when things really got crazy.

    I wonder if flashback Shaky is going to try something to ditch the priest and kids, leading to disaster, or if things will just move on him: For example, Gamekeeper showing up and draws Crossed to them or some such thing?

    So, this batch of Crossed have religion then? Or are at least somehow being controlled by it? In his most recent Badlands arc, I thought that David Lapham was going to examine this idea. Instead he turned in a pretty blah new chapter in Amanda's story. I thought the 'Quisling' arc in Badlands was good for precisely the reason that it examined the Crossed more closely, especially in how they are socially. They are not so changed by the infection that they cannot associate in groups, and they even can follow a leader to some extent. In his Crossed work, Si has also explored the infected, though on a more individual, personal, level (sounds like this is going to continue, given that his upcoming 2014 Annual is apparently written from the POV of a Crossed). I really hope that he finds a way to show more of how the Nun's little army has been put together and how she manages to keep them in some semblance of order, because I find it both interesting and horrible. I was talking with one of my friends who also reads WYWH, and while he enjoys it, his thought was that he was worried that the Nun's group was acting a little bit too advanced, and he doesn't want the Crossed to be just evil humans with face markings. He finds them most effective as villains and threats when they have more of an 'otherness' to them.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
    I'd already been wondering about the boat and whether anyone would make a go for it. Once again, the creators of this series have been way ahead of me.
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014 edited
    Man. In ep 76, of all the things that have happened, that second to last panel is just the cruelest thing.

    Mainly because he didn't have to do it.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
    ... and of course as we all know, that's what makes the Crossed the Crossed.
    • CommentAuthorBabu Dhakal
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014 edited
    MrBogey, Shan, you can say that again. At that moment, there was really no difference between him and Crossed Jackie except that he didn't have the rash. But that's what the Crossed are, ultimately: us. They do not do anything that humans haven't already done. That is why calling murderers, rapists, genociders etc. 'monsters' is so redundant, because humans can be and are far more horrible than any 'monster'.

    Boy has Lance been brought down to earth! He's just as alone as Roshan now, though at least her father didn't disown her before his death. Of course, Skip might redeem himself before the end in a "redemption equals death" way, but knowing the Crossed-verse, I doubt it.

    Has anyone read the preview descriptions of Badlands #50-52? The one in #52 states that "Now in an underground bunker, the remains of the British government must try to work that out themselves. How far has it spread? And how? In this world full of monsters, there is no help. There is only the Crossed." Knowing that the British government (or remnants of it) survived at least a little while in a bunker that must be similar to the Central Government War Headquarters in Corsham makes me even more interested in the upcoming arc. Of course, having Harry and his friends again is an additional lure.

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